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MSI 661FM3-V Motherboard Review

MSI 661FM3-V Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The MSI 661FM3-V Micro-ATX motherboard, which is based on the SIS 661FX chipset and SIS 964 Southbridge. This tiny board supports all 533/800MHz FSB Intel Socket 775 Pentium 4 processors.
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External Mfg. Website: MSI Computer May 30 2005   Mike Dowler  
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The MSI 661FM3-V is a nicely manufactured micro-ATX board which features an excellent layout for such a small motherboard. Most components are well labelled and spaced, and the overall impression is that MSI has paid a lot of attention to designing this board.

As you'd expect from a budget motherboard, features are not the strong point here. Integrated video, audio and 10/100 LAN ensure that you can easily build a cheap system with this product however. Extras are extremely sparse, with only a tiny manual, and one each of IDE, SATA SATA power and floppy cables included.

The performance of the MSI 661FM3-V was slightly slower than our test group in most of the benchmarks, but still very much in the same bracket. As the centre of a work computer this board is sufficiently capable, and with a good video card it makes a capable and cheap gaming platform also. The single-channel memory system is the factor that probably made the most difference in the 661FM3-V's slower performance in some of the tests.

With a retail price of $80 CDN ($63 US), the MSI 661FM3-V is certainly not an expensive proposition. While it's lack of dual-channel memory support hurts it in some benchmarks, it's an affordable and stable platform for a budget office system, which is probably the position it's best suited for too.

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Contents of Article: MSI Computer 661FM3-V
 Pg 1.  MSI 661FM3-V Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the MSI 661FM3-V
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, Super Pi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
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